November 10, 2018
This past week has been a busy and productive one for me. I am currently writing from Barrie, Ontario and watching the snow falling outside. My sister and I traveled here together to visit our parents and extended family. Before I left midweek, I was able to knock a long anticipated project off of my to-do list…paint the inside of our front door and finish styling our front Entryway and I am excited to be sharing the results of this makeover with you today! My reward for finishing off this project was to treat myself to Joanna Gaines’ new design book. I have been looking forward to this book for months! I brought it along with me on my trip, and wouldn’t you know that the first chapter was all about entryways!
Joanna speaks to the importance of a home’s entryway and I agree with her. She says “it’s the small, thoughtful details that are on your porch steps or by the entrance can set the tone for the way your space welcomes you and your guests inside”. This is also the first impression when people visit our home, so I want to make it a good one!
The entryway off of our front door is one of those spaces that has evolved over time. I struggled a little with what to do with this space because it is kind of a narrow small entryway, but the ceilings are really high.
We come and go through our garage into our mudroom, so the front entryway is only used when we have guests.
We keep our most often used items in our mudroom…Even Lucy has a dedicated spot for her leash and little doggie jacket…yes, she has a jacket #doggiediva
Our front door has been Cranberry colored on the outside for some time now, and it was white on the inside. I was ready for a change and have really found myself drawn to black front doors, so I knew that was the direction I wanted to go.
Painting a front door is about as simple as it gets when it comes to DIY projects, but for me it’s always about making the time. A few months ago, I painted the outside of the door and loved the way it turned out. This is the front door before…
and this is the after:
I love the way the yellow wreath pops against the black! The plan was to do the inside of the door as well, but life happened and it wasn’t until this week that I finished off this project. I couldn’t be happier with the results and am excited to share the photos with you today!
We have a pretty decent sized front hall closet that we use for extra coats and off season shoes. I was looking for a piece of furniture to put in the entryway, preferably something with storage, because with 3 kids, there is no such thing as too much storage! I decided on this shoe cabinet from Ikea.
The entryway is a tall space, and I liked the height of this Hemnes cabinet.
One of the best features of the entryway is the amount of natural light it receives thanks to a skylight overhead. Adding this piece to the entryway was a great start, but there was a lot of light and white going on.
I knew painting the inside of the front door black would create some great contrast. It was a really quick project and made a huge impact. Here is how this space looked from the top of my stairs before:
And here’s how it looks now:
I love that this is the first thing I see when I come downstairs in the morning, because this space makes me so happy. There is such a satisfaction from completing a DIY project! There are two more things I want to do before I call this space done. The first is to change out the light fixture. I read a tutorial about how to attempt this project myself, and I think I might give it a try. The other thing I want to do is swap out the door handle, maybe a brass fixture.
I kept the styling of this space fairly simple. I wanted to add some visual interest and felt like the need for some pattern, so I moved this rug from my kitchen to the front door.
I found this simple black mirror at Walmart and hung it above the shoe cabinet.
I added my favorite scented candle, which smells so good and is a really great way to welcome guests into our home. The glass vase with the faux yellow stems adds a nice pop of color, and is also consistent with the color scheme in my home.
And I also felt like this set of wooden houses was a nice touch to the space. I always try to include a wood element in each room of my house.
I really love the way this vignette has come together!
While the top of this cabinet is providing some “pretty”, the inside is hard at work providing the “functional”. I use the bottom drawer to store our off-season shoes, and the top part I actually use to store our swimming towels, sunscreen and goggles!
I want to leave you with one more quote from Joanna’s chapter on Entryways that really resonated with me … “no matter where you live or how big your paycheck or your family is, your home can be a place that you love to return to and invite others into as well”. My philosophy when it comes to designing a space for my family or for my clients is that you don’t need to break the bank when it comes to thoughtfully styling your home. The total budget for this project came in at under $250.00. I bought the paint, the cabinet and the mirror and then “shopped my home” for the other accessories.
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